Monroe County considering COVID-19 testing in schools

Andrew Hyman
Created: August 12, 2020 08:04 PM

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — The Monroe County Department of Public Health is evaluating the possibility of in-school COVID-19 testing.

County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza told News10NBC the department is in talks with local school districts to coordinate testing at a student’s own primary care doctor, but, on-premises testing has not been ruled out.


Recently, confusion over testing was cleared up by Governor Cuomo, who says while districts should have a testing plan, only health screenings will be mandatory for districts.

Last week, President of the Monroe County Association of Superintendents Kathleen Graupman told us schools in the county are not trained to give COVID-19 tests, a point Mendoza backed on Wednesday. He says the DOH is currently looking into other, more accessible tests, though he says those are an option at the moment.  

While Mendoza did not share an exact timeline for a plan, he does not recommend the random testing of asymptomatic students, he reiterated false negatives on a test could promote a false sense of security.

We want to make sure that we preserve existing capacity for testing for people that are symptomatic, or for people in the plan will change.” said Mendoza “And, I think for right now the risks of random testing don't justify any benefits."

We'll have more from Dr. Mendoza coming up new tonight on News10NBC at 11:00.

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